by guest-writer Gohar Shahnazaryan
photos from marches in various cities on March 8, 2017
One of the main arguments of neoliberalism is that an increase of women’s economic participation will inevitably lead to their empowerment, including political. But feminist critique of liberalism and economic modernization has its own perspective on the issue.
March in Yerevan March 8, 2017 © Sofia Manukyan
The role of international, as well as local companies in environmental degradation in Armenia has been in the center of my attention for some time. Campaigning with other concerned people, as well as writing articles on this issue allowed me to dig deeper into the subject and find out that Armenia is only one of many countries where foreign/local private investments not only bring something positive, like employment, but also something negative, like environmental degradation. Studying at the University of Essex was beneficial in many senses, including for meeting students and professors concerned about the private sector’s role in degradation of environment, labour conditions, property rights. (more…)
Welcome dear Reader!
With our first contribution, Sofia and I wish to explain some of the reasons which motivate us to start this blog.
I came to human rights not as an activist, but chose to study International Human Rights Law. Therefore, my first motivation for the blog is to create a platform for debating Business and Human Rights issues from both theoretical and practical angles. Thereby, my focus lies on ascertaining how and where the law can indeed improve people’s lives. For instance, in 2014 civil society organisations successfully lobbied States at the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an inter-governmental working group which is going to elaborate a legally binding treaty on the human rights responsibilities of transnational and other corporations this year. Already the lobbying for such a treaty was contentious. Critics include Dr. Michael Addo who is member of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises since 2011. He feared non-governmental organisations would push too far by demanding that the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights would be implemented as binding international treaty. Assessing the practical value of this treaty to improve people’s lives is only possible if as many different people as possible – future and current academics, business and human rights practitioners and interested members of the public from different societies and countries – join the conversation.